Joi Baker is the Associate Director of College Success at The SEED Foundation. She is passionate about issues of equity and inclusion within higher education, especially for low-income and first-generation students. At The SEED Foundation, Joi serves as a resource for SEED graduates assisting them with the academic, financial, and personal challenges associated with college enrollment and success. Additionally, she provides programmatic support for the college counseling teams at the SEED schools and the College Transition and Success (CTS) program. After college, Joi dedicated a year of service to the community through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She has spent most of her career focused on helping students with college access. Before coming to SEED, Joi was a college counselor for Perspectives Charter School where she advised students and designed college preparation curriculum. While in graduate school, she organized a summit dedicated to black women in education with the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, and created benchmarking and assessment measures to evaluate student success programming. Joi earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a concentration in pre-medicine from Spelman College, and master of science in education in higher education from The University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Joi enjoys volunteering, taking ethnic dance classes, traveling, and is a self-described “foodie."